Amherst College Office of Student Affairs

Amherst College Office of Student Affairs Office Hours 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday The Office of the Dean of Students at Amherst College is concerned with the personal, ethical and intellectual growth of students and their general welfare.

The office’s responsibilities include providing academic, career, personal and social life counseling; developing and implementing support programs; administering the college’s student residential and extracurricular resources; participating in the faculty and administrative formulation and evaluation of policies; and assuring that students’ needs are considered in college decisions.

Check out this opportunity to contribute to our campus community by applying for the Community Standards Review Board!
12/07/2017

Check out this opportunity to contribute to our campus community by applying for the Community Standards Review Board!

11/29/2017
Health Services | Patient Portal | Amherst College

Community Meningitis B Update: 11/29/17

We write today to update you on the two cases of meningococcal disease (meningitis) of UMass Amherst students that we notified you about two weeks ago.

Extensive testing of those cases conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shown that the cases originated from a single strain of serogroup B meningitis. As a result, this incident has been qualified as an outbreak on the UMass campus. This means that there may be an increased risk of meningococcal disease for other undergraduates on campus. UMass is recommending serogroup B meningococcal vaccine for all of their undergraduate students. Therefore, we are strongly recommending the serogroup B meningococcal vaccine for all Amherst College students who take classes on the UMass campus. We also recommend vaccination for students who spend a substantial amount of time on the UMass campus. Students with conditions that compromise their immune systems such as asplenia, a complement deficiency, or sickle cell anemia, or who are taking the medication Solaris, who are at greater risk of becoming infected if exposed, should also get vaccinated. We recommend any faculty or staff with these conditions who wish to get vaccinated to contact your health care provider.

At this time, no cases of meningococcal disease have been suspected or identified at Amherst College. Given that meningitis is not highly contagious like the cold or flu, classes at UMass are continuing as scheduled. There are currently no recommended restrictions from attending classes at UMass. We continue to encourage you to take health smart precautions. Don’t swap saliva. Avoid sharing food, drinks and personal items that contact saliva, including drinks from punch bowls. Wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve. Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth—germs spread easily this way.

The Amherst College health center will be administering the Bexsero® vaccine to students. This is a two-dose series administered at least one month apart. We are offering small clinics this week and next week by appointment to administer the Bexsero vaccine during the following days and times:

Thursday, November 30 – 8:30 -11am & 2:30-5pm

Friday, December 1 – 8:30 - 11am & 2-5pm

Monday, December 4 – 8:30-11am & 2-5pm

Please call the health center at 413-542-2267 to schedule your appointment.

Vaccines are also available at most local pharmacies near campus. You can use VaccineFinder.org to locate local pharmacy options.

The vaccine known as MCV4 or MenACWY or MPSV4 (brands Menactra, Menveo, or Menomune) required for college entry does not protect against Meningitis Serotype B. If you received that type of vaccine, we still recommend that you receive Meningitis Type B vaccine (Trumenba or Bexsero) because it is the only vaccine available that will protect you against this particular kind of meningitis. If you already received this vaccine with a home provider over the recent break, please send us a secure message through the patient portal (https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health-safety-wellness/health-service/patient-portal) with the vaccination brand and date so we can update your medical chart.

The Amherst College health insurance covers the cost of the vaccine. Students with private insurance will be billed and should submit a claim form to their insurance company to request reimbursement. No Amherst College student will be denied vaccine due to inability to pay and students will not incur any costs associated with co-pays, deductibles, or insurance denials.

Additional information on bacterial meningitis may be found at: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/m-o/meningococcal-college-students.pdf.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Keefe Health Center at 413-542-2267.

The Keefe Health Center has recently implemented a Patient Portal. Through this portal, you can: Securely message your Provider or other Health Center staff with non-urgent or routine medical questions, non-urgent medical follow-up or other medical correspondence, prescription refill requests, recor...

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07/14/2017

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04/21/2017

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion together with Accessibility Services is bringing a speaker to campus next week. Information on the event are as follows:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center.

Disability on Campus: All or None?

Colleges thrive on the conviction that a degree is the key to success. But our campuses reflect society's uneasy relationship to people with disabilities. Despite legal protection, barriers exist which prevent many students with disabilities from reaping the benefits of higher education. Messy, sometimes contentious, and always effortful commitment to removing attitudinal barriers across all levels on campus is necessary to promote access. Campuses need to learn to work together to achieve this goal.

Speaker:
Lorraine E. Wolf, Ph.D.
Director of Disability Services & 504 Compliance
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences
Boston University

We hope to see you all there!

Amherst College Mental Health and Wellness
04/14/2017

Amherst College Mental Health and Wellness

Improve Your Mood!
Workshop series on effective strategies to decrease stress, anxiety and depression and build positive emotion. Open to all students.

Meets Fridays from 2:30 – 4:00 in the Counseling Center, Hitchcock House. Facilitated by Jessica Gifford, LICSW

• 4/21 Strategies To Neutralize Negative Thoughts
• 4/48 Improve Mood With Self-Care
• 5/5 Meaning & Mood
• 5/12 Strengthen Relationships, Improve Mood

Students are welcome to come to one or all of the sessions, but must be able to stay for the full time.

Please RSVP to Jessica Gifford [email protected] or 413-542-5637

04/05/2017

It's the first day of room draw -- SHAC and res life will be available in the Friedmann room if you need any assistance!

Staying on campus for Spring Break? Join us for one of these events!
03/13/2017

Staying on campus for Spring Break? Join us for one of these events!

02/16/2017
Student Affairs | Accessibility Services | Amherst College

The process to request housing accommodations for the 2017-2018 school year is now open. If you are interested in, and think you qualify for housing accommodations please reach out to Accessibility Services before March 3rd. To receive a housing accommodation, you must have a documented disability, provide medical documentation to, and meet with an Accessibility Services staff member. If you have already qualified and have not already responded to the email sent to you-- you must do so by March 3rd to be guaranteed your approved accommodations.
For more information on Accessibility Services visit https://www.amherst.edu/mm/64992

Housing Accommodations for 2017-2018 Academic Year Feb 8 Housing Accommodation Requests Open Housing Accommodation Information Mar 3 Housing Accommodation Requests Close We cannot guarantee your accommodations can be met after 3/3, but will be considered.

Remember when you were a first-year and orientation was over and you realized that you had seemingly simple questions, b...
01/23/2017
First-Year Never Asked Questions (NAQs)

Remember when you were a first-year and orientation was over and you realized that you had seemingly simple questions, but were afraid to ask? Did you spend your freshman year wondering how on earth to check out a book in Frost Library? Were you uncertain about whether it was OK to step out of an exam to drink water or use the restroom? Were you confused about whether to call your professors Mister, Miss, Professor, Doctor, or just by their first name?

If any of this sounds familiar, you can help future first-year student by submitting those questions you always felt too embarrassed to ask. We will find the answers, and publish the results for next year’s incoming class. And who knows -- maybe this will help answer your long-standing confusion about where you can find a scanner on campus.

https://goo.gl/forms/PmrT7CDclefzYLf62

Remember when you were a first-year and orientation was over and you realized that you had seemingly simple questions, but were afraid to ask? Did you spend your freshman year wondering how on earth to check out a book in Frost Library? Were you uncertain about whether it was OK to step out of an ex...

01/18/2017
Spring Transfer Orientation | Orientation Schedule | Amherst College

Welcome Spring Transfer Students for 2017! Here is the updated schedule for spring transfer orientation! https://www.amherst.edu/mm/494808

Spring Transfer Orientation 2017Wednesday, January 18-Monday, January 23 Events marked with an asterisk (*) are required. Any costs associated with the events below will be funded by the Office of Student Affairs Important Note about Course Registration: Each student is responsible for contacting th...

Happy Holidays from the Office of Student Affairs!
12/27/2016

Happy Holidays from the Office of Student Affairs!

12/13/2016

If you have a 9am exam at Mount Holyoke this weekend, the PVTA has you covered. They have added an additional bus time to their weekend schedule, check out the specifics here:https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fivecolleges.edu%2Fsystem%2Ffiles%2Fend%2520of%2520semester%2520bus%2520runs.pdf

12/06/2016
Residential Life | Winter Break | Amherst College

The Office of Student Affairs is pleased to announce that support and resources during the upcoming Winter Recess have been expanded to better support our community. Please complete this form if you will be remaining in your dorm over the Winter Recess (12/23/16 to 1/2/16) or during Interterm (1/3/16 to 1/20/16).

Please note that the dining hall will be closed during Winter Recess. By completing this form, we will be able to provide you support during the break.
https://www.amherst.edu/mm/538802

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11/29/2016

In response to concerns about the future of immigration policy in the United Sates, the Office of Student Affairs has invited immigration attorney Dan Berger to discuss immigration questions and to provide practical information for college students. The goal is to help provide information that guide discussions for our student community.

Attorney Berger's discussion will include the following questions and many more:
What can and cannot be changed by a new president, and how fast?
What is being considered in Congress?
What could happen to DACA?
How can DACA and undocumented students prepare?
What might happen to processing times and security delays for visas in general?

Discussion will be in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall tonight (November 29) at 7pm. We look forward to hearing your questions and opinions.

11/15/2016
International Students | Thanksgiving Meal: Student Sign-Up | Amherst College

Planning on staying on campus over Thanksgiving Break? Check out what activities are happening on campus, in the area, and adjusted hours for college services here! https://www.amherst.edu/mm/267491

Interested in eating a home cooked meal? Check out our share a meal program, which you can sign up for here! (the deadline for registering is tomorrow) https://www.amherst.edu/mm/537864

Thanksgiving Share a Meal/Share a Family: Student Sign-Up Would you like to join a local host family for a meal during the Thanksgiving break? Sign-up using the webform below! The deadline to sign-up is Wednesday, November 16th. You will be notified of your match by the end of the day on Friday, Nov...

11/08/2016

Come join us at the Keefe Campus Center for election night! Four faculty members will reflect briefly on the election through the lens of courses they are currently teaching. They are Manuela Picq (Indigenous World Politics; Sexualities in International Relations) in the QRC at 7pm, Jonathan Obert (Introduction to American Politics; Violence and Politics) in the CCE at 7pm, Robert Hayashi (Making Asians: Asian American in Literature and Law; Reading Asian American) in the MRC at 7:30pm, and Tanya Leise (Voting and Elections: A Mathematical Perspective; Numerical Analysis) in the WGC at 7:30pm. We will also display the incoming results on the huge electoral college map in the atrium. There will be food and activities (to help alleviate election day stress)!

https://www.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2016/11-2016/keefe-to-host-full-slate-of-election-night-coverage

10/13/2016

Celebrate the great weather Friday afternoon at the Greenway with live music, games and tasty treats including Maui Wowi who will be mixing fresh smoothies. Grab a chair on the patio and enjoy edamame pot stickers, wild mushroom empanadas, cheeseburger sliders, sweet potato coconut chicken fingers, grilled fruit skewers and vegetable cups. That's not all; challenge your friends to a game of Spikeball, unwind with some live jazz and take the opportunity to visit and chat with our trustees who will be visiting the Greenway.

We hope to see you from 4:30 – 6 p.m. this Friday, October 14 at the Greenway for a relaxing afternoon!

Be a part of Everybody Has A Story Week, from September 26-30 in Val! Each group will have a faculty member, a staff mem...
09/15/2016

Be a part of Everybody Has A Story Week, from September 26-30 in Val! Each group will have a faculty member, a staff member and a student share a meal together for an hour during lunch. Tables will be reserved upstairs in the Mezzanine and several discussion questions will be provided to help guide conversation. We hope that this event will facilitate conversations that help us foster social cohesion and the kind of inclusive community we desire at Amherst. Prior sign-up is not necessary for self-arranged units, but we do ask that you register at the table in the atrium. See you there!

09/13/2016

Ta-Nehisi Coates is giving a talk titled "Race in America" tonight! Be at the LeFrak Gym with your tickets by 6:20PM to listen to the National Book Award winner, MacArthur Fellow, and author of Between the World and Me (2015)!

Check out this link to learn more about the event: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/531157

09/08/2016

Welcome back to school! It's been an exciting couple of weeks with orientation, leap trips, and then classes! Tons of new and exciting changes are happening -- greenway is opening, Ta-Nehisi Coates is coming to campus, and this page is gonna be popping again! Be sure to like and follow our page to stay up to date on everything that is happening on campus!

06/29/2016
The Quarters

Bored on campus? Come join other students at The Quarters this Thursday, June 30th for fun and arcade games! Departure time from Converse Hall is 6PM. Be there! http://hadleyquarters.com/

New England's destination for classic arcade games and creative food and drink

04/15/2016

Come bounce around on massive floor trampolines at Bounce Trampoline Sports in Springfield, MA for free on Saturday, April 16th!! You must RSVP in advance by emailing [email protected]. The bus will leave Keefe Campus Center at 7 pm! Pizza will be provided!!

03/21/2016

Come listen to Life Stories this Friday (March 25) to learn about the wonderful Joanie Ly (Coordinator of New Student Orientation and First Year Programs) as she shares her own life story!
12:00-1:00 in the McCaffrey Room in the campus center. Lunch will be provided. It honestly cannot get any better than this.

03/08/2016

Amherst Explorations, the annual symposium of student research and creative work, seeks proposals for student presentations of independent or collaborative projects, from an honors thesis or independent study, a service learning experience, or an original artistic production. Presentations may be research posters, 5-minute lightning talks, panel discussions, performances, or multi-media displays, pitched to a broad, campus-wide audience.

The event will be held in Frost Library on Friday, April, 1, 2016. Presentations may be research posters, 5-minute lightning talks, panel discussions, performances, or multi-media displays, but should be intended for a broad, campus-wide audience.

Priority deadline is March 11th.

We encourage students to apply at [email protected]

Are you staying on campus during Spring Break and are hoping there are some wonderful events planned to keep you enterta...
03/07/2016

Are you staying on campus during Spring Break and are hoping there are some wonderful events planned to keep you entertained? Then you are in luck! Check out this handy dandy poster full of information regarding that very subject.

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